Thursday, January 22, 2015

Iggy Azalea says she’s changed the game and Hip Hop needs her

 Via GQ:

  Iggy Azalea Speaks On Her Role In Hip Hop In GQ Magazine.Iggy Azalea sat for an interview with GQ just ahead of her big night at the Grammys, and seemed to be really feeling herself. The rapper told the mag that Hip Hop, a genre which Q-tip tried to explain to her was created for and by urban youth, didn’t represent people like her very much — tall, white, blonde, model-built Australian women — so her voice is necessary. 

People say some harsh things about you. What helps you bear up under that?
   Uh, awards season helps. Anytime where people get to choose who they want to have a voice and they choose me, I just think that makes it worth it. And that gives me the patience to just bite my tongue. When people choose me as the person they think should be speaking for them, I think, Well, I don’t really care what someone in the industry or another artist has to say about it. Your opinion is biased anyway, because you want people to listen to your voice. So having actual people who choose me, it makes me think, I have a place, and I don’t care what other people have to say about it. I was a fan of rap music growing up, and I didn’t feel like there were enough characters that represented me and my situation. So I think it’s needed.

Um…when exactly does Iggy bite her tongue on this topic?? But wait, there’s more. The Aussie starlet also says she’s brought about a change in what’s accepted as “real Hip Hop:

Fast-forward to the end of your career. What do you want your legacy to be?
   You never know how long you’ll be in people’s good graces, especially in this business. So I hope it’s long—but I could be here for three or four years and then be out, like most artists. So it depends. I might be here for a long time. At the very worst, if I have a short-lived career, at least I could say I sparked a change—that I inspired some leniency in what people accept in hip-hop. And if I have a very long career and can be gyrating in a leotard at 35, that would be great.

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